University of Minnesota Marching Band Indoor Concert

Northrop Auditorium fills with all the tubas, flutes, and plumes it can muster

University of Minnesota Marching Band.

photo by gopher photo

11/18, 11/19

The University of Minnesota Marching Band has claimed to have been the first, more than 50 years ago, to hold an indoor concert. Colleges across the country followed suit. In the Pride of Minnesota’s case, Minneapolis’ Northrop Auditorium fills with their brassy sonic storm, ordinarily buffeted by wind while, in a recent example, their ranks form a giant boat that goes scudding across home field (not to belabor new football coach P.J. Fleck’s trademarked mantra—and soon-to-be accented identifier of his adopted homestead—“Row the boat”). Alumni get a discount on the show of halftime favorites, including “Proud Mary” and “I Get Around.”